STEEPVM Adding the Unknown

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

STEEPV is a tried and tested way of working and with a thirty-year pedigree. It works well in its own field and some of its results read like science fiction. However it is not perfect if your writing includes what might be seen as less hard science and more fantasy elements. Magic, monsters, gods, religions with manifestations, psychics and super powers don’t really fit well into STEEPV’s framework (in fact just about anything that would make Richard Dawkins hot under the collar). Sometimes these can be put under Technology or Ecology but this isn’t an ideal solution. My solution is to add an extra category to the method, Mythical. This is a catch all for all the phenomena with an otherworldly quality that won’t sit well in the other areas.

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